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Megazine / Re: Meg 417 - Smash and Crab
« on: 15 February, 2020, 09:43:07 pm »
More than a year since a Dreddlines - they don't want to know what you think!

Dredd baddie is like a Lobster Random / Captain Skank mash up.

Events / Colin MacNeil Live in Paisley - March 2nd 2020
« on: 14 February, 2020, 07:42:17 pm »
Colin to chat over his career with the always entertaining John McShane in the always lively Paisley.

Not convinced? Tickets are free! Get them here : Eventrbrite for your free tickets!

See you there!

General / Re: Have I missed a thread about this?
« on: 12 February, 2020, 09:41:52 pm »
Brilliant! He's even wearing a Necropolis t-shirt!

Anyone know this chap from fandom?

Stolen for Facebook!

Help! / Re: Judge Death appearances
« on: 08 February, 2020, 05:16:22 am »
Here's the rascal escaping the city after Necropolis - captions added by me!

Off Topic / Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
« on: 02 February, 2020, 08:49:37 am »
Lose Weight : Parked until the year to go mark on April 1st so we can get a good run at it.
Is it merely a coincidence that your diet resumes on April Fools' Day? :D

It doesn't start on April 1st, but will be documented from then. As it's my birthday it's a good staging point!

Off Topic / Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
« on: 01 February, 2020, 06:54:20 pm »
The first of the month! Back from a week in Tenerife, all inclusive including beer. Not a great help to the diet but I was relatively good. Held back from the sweets including the biggest jar of Nutella you'll ever see. Pump action!

Lose Weight : Parked until the year to go mark on April 1st so we can get a good run at it. Wife has me on this wheat free diet - no bread for a month or chocolate either. Weight seems static but I'm more hungry.

Update Blogs regularly : Went gangbusters on this one with 5 'W' films critiqued as well as as a mighty 18 Definite Articles. Pick of the films, if not the blogs was sexy Dutch nihilism fest   Wij and The Witch starring Finchy from 'The Office'.

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread for each letters publication event : All letters events have been recorded for posterity - a Special edition saw a scrotnig 297 reads! Join the party!

Average 12,500 steps a day : Hovering just under 10k a day on average and that includes a 32,655 step day on January 8th. Will boost this once the days lengthen.

Get 105 Letters Printed : - Letter 100 saw print this month!

Pass ACII : Passed assignment 1 of 'Advanced Claims' - assignment 2 in for marking and assignment 3 underway. Hope to have this subject licked and onto the next this month. I work in claims so this was always going to be the easiest of the 3. Still hard though!

Get on TV Again : Mainly researching Tipping Point at the moment.

Bag 50 Munros in total : Parked until the Summer!

Some progress, but not on all fronts. Learning that there are only so many hours in the day. The exams will see the focus for now and will hopefully be out of the way for the summer.

Happy diet sheets everyone!

Off Topic / Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
« on: 23 January, 2020, 05:37:08 pm »
Yet to find that wanking rate setting. Thinking I could trouble the record!

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 22 January, 2020, 10:12:40 am »
They really should install 'like' buttons on here. This thread you'd get 'thread of the year' hands down. Well, top three at any rate.

Prog / Re: Prog 2165 - Strange Daze!
« on: 18 January, 2020, 11:06:49 pm »
Well done Butt'man, a lovely and touching salute to a true star of the Prog.
What a nice way to reach you century.

Sniff! Thanks Tom and Colin and all the other well wishers. As I said in the Letters Thread that one was for Ellie and I'll save the grandstanding for letter 101!

I'm vain enough to think that Tharg knew I was on 99 and saved number 100 for a Letter of the Week and a suitable subject. Ellie's passing was a good point of reflection and of what really matters. It's not letters, and Tharg is truly wise.

Off Topic / Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
« on: 18 January, 2020, 02:37:54 pm »


Google "Squatty Potty".

EEk! Why do all those models make number two with their trousers on?

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 18 January, 2020, 02:33:15 pm »

Oh well I suppose we better get another issue out. Not much going to be happening so early in the year, but let’s take a look…


Oh my, Letters history! Yes Steve Frame, a.k.a. Dounreay, moves into joint fourth place on the all time list changing the shape of the Letters Mount Rushmore for all time, and frankly making it a bit overcrowded.

Lets jump into a full inside back page of letter loveliness for Prog 2165.

First up is the Letter of the Week from old hand Stephen Watson  of Paisley. This is Stephen’s 100th letter to see print and it narrows his Prog/Meg misalignment to 49/51. This is his 6th letter of the week, tying the total of one time rival Floyd Kermode on 6. The all time Letters of the week prize currently held by Steve Frame on 8, so that must now be in the sights of the Paisley Lettersmith.

Stephen’s letter is a nice tribute to fallen letters droid Ellie De Ville, so he’d rather not bang on about this achievement, just this once. People have asked if gaining the century would make Stephen insufferable? No, he already was.

Stephen has previously had tribute letters published for Ron Smith and Steve Dillon - has he found a cynical niche here? No, he just respects talent and likes to mark the passing of legends with his own tribute. Hope there’s none for a while! The landmark prize and letter are shown below, shortly before they headed off to the Smithsonian.

Next up is Jonathan Harrington of Fareham who sounds like a ‘Game of Thrones’ actor & character mash up. Jonathan flashes his credentials in the form of saying he’s the one who sets the English exam papers. That doesn’t intimidate us; we write words good, and that.

Jonathan says he has never written in before and while we can’t attest to that, this is his first published appearance. He likes the Christmas Prog and claims to have read since Prog 1.

He is only the second Harrington to have a letter published following Phillip from China whom we met in Prog 863 back in 1993. We also have a profile from Lance in Prog 198 in 1981 but they only count when there is a tie.

We get The Browning Version next in the shape of Chris from Todmorden. Chris moves up the Beast charts with this, his 13th offering. He is the bright young thing of the letters world, with his total having been amassed in the short time since his debut in Prog 1961 in 2015. His best year was 2018 which saw 5 letters published. 2019 saw a dip with just two, but 2020 has started well.

Chris’ letter is an interesting analysis of the varying art styles in the Prog and he makes some decent points. Tharg is clearly keen for more and agrees his organ is ‘eye popping’ - must be the Viagra.

Steve Hallam of Wrexham, Welsh Wales rocks up next and basically rubbishes the previous letter saying the art is “muddy” - can’t please everyone. Tharg takes exception and asks for examples to support this viewpoint and says there is more to come - so tough Cheddar Steve!

Steve enjoys his fourth outing here, with his previous appearance being in Meg 393. He averages about one a year and will attain the top spot early in the next century if everyone else hangs up their pens.

Last up is friend of the thread Steve Frame of Caithness who follows up his two 2019 offerings with this, his 30th overall. Significantly this breaks one tie but creates another as he shoves his way into joint fourth place on the all time greats list. Grant Goggins looks unassailable,but he’s not had one published since Meg 325 in 2012.

Steve is a fan of the Prog, with all his letters appearing in the flag ship organ apart from one in Meg 393 in 2018 - extra bawbees must have got the subject issue to him or he found it on the bus.

Steve’s letter is a fun discourse of the Prog and the general election and he shows his politics by referring to the Prime Minister as a ‘muppet’. He’s bang wrong there - people actually like the Muppets!

Overall this was a great letters page with seasoned campaigners sitting comfortably with that new guy who sets exams - I demand a recount on my 1986 O’ level!

**Updated Beast Top 30 - 3 digit capacity to totals column added***

Off Topic / Re: 500 Days of Slimmer - and Some Other Crap Too...
« on: 01 January, 2020, 08:09:06 pm »
Happy New Year to all followers of this glorious thread! Mum, I'll be by for my washing later.

1st of the month update.

Lose Weight : Parked for the holidays - I will be up but hopefully not to the starting point. Did over indulge somewhat but less so than usual.

Update Blogs regularly : There were, as I'm sure you are all aware, 6 additions to the W Movie Blog including the excellent Wake Wood and 8 to the Definite Article Blog including The Joker which wasn't a total cash in on a slightly better known film!

Update the Lettersentertainyou thread for each letters publication event : One letters page this month with one fine Letterentertainyou released. 350 reads! And only most of them were me.

Average 12,500 steps a day : A bit down with 9254 but not bad for a busy month with crappy weather.

Get 105 Letters Printed : - I have written in a couple of times so hopefully the birds in the air will bring home number 100. And 101...

Pass ACII : SUCCESS or Progress, at any rate. I didn't manage to get a pass at 'Claims Practice'. Got a Distinction instead! Go me! Now onto Advanced Claims - 3 subjects to go with 9 papers in total.

Get on TV Again : SUCCESS! And I wasn't even trying! The screen grab below is a snap from the opening of 'Quizmaster' on ITV1. They used my Grand Final 15-1 appearance to profile Alisa who was on the show and who managed to beat me by only a modest 50 odd points.

Bag 50 Munros in total : Parked until the Summer!

See you in the dark days of early February!

Film & TV / Re: Worzel Gummidge Specials
« on: 28 December, 2019, 11:20:30 pm »
Did anyone catch this?

I enjoyed it despite most of the Pertwee edges being shaved off.

Random musings HERE!

News / Re: RIP Ellie De Ville?
« on: 24 December, 2019, 06:21:10 pm »
Jeez that's a sobering bit of news. So sorry to hear of the passing of another legend - thanks for all your efforts Ellie towards the Galaxy's Greatest.

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